- The Simple Life
Good And Evil?
Politics these days are disgusting. No one wants to listen to
the rhetoric. In fact, we have become so apathetic that many of us
don't even care if we vote. We don't know who to believe. Our
forefathers, the men who put their lives on the line to sign their
names to the Declaration of Independence would be thoroughly
disgusted with us. "We fought for freedom, and you don't even cast
a vote to defend that freedom?" they would say shaking their heads,
thinking of the sacrifices they made for us.
Remembering American History, our ancestors came to this country
for religious freedom. They set sail across frigid seas in a tiny
ship, losing many of their loved ones on the trip, and many more
that first winter. But a handful survived. More came. They set up
a democratic society, and then put it all on the line again to break
from Great Britain. They did a pretty good job of setting us up
with freedom to choose.
But like normal children, we wanted more. Children always want
more and then some. We weren't happy with what was good for us, we
wanted it all whatever "all" was!
Dave Ramsey, financial expert recently said, "Everyone says
that the economy is bad. The economy isn't bad, unless you are in
debt. If you aren't in debt, the economy doesn't have much of an
effect on you!" But Americans today aren't satisfied with all the
good things we have, we want more spending, that is. Bankruptcies
are growing, growing, gone. We don't have time to be accountable.
Just because we buy something does that mean we should have to pay
for it? We are all paying for the bankruptcy rate in our nation.
Recent surveys tell us that only 50% of Christians in our
country even bother to vote. Some say that there is so much
corruption in politics that they don't want to get involved, but do
we have a choice? If the good people of this country aren't willing
to vote, or become involved, who will? It doesn't cost but a few
moments of our time to get registered to vote and exercise our right
and our duty.
We have lost the right to display the Ten Commandments on our
courthouse walls, but we have the right to burn the flag of our
great nation. We may soon lose the right to say "One Nation Under
God" in the pledge of allegiance. How many of the rights our
ancestors fought for will we have to lose before we realize that we
are in a war for freedom?
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We are so used to picking up some vegetables from the store,
will gardening become a thing of the past? Not if you try it and
realize how easy growing your own fruits and vegetables can be. A
small can of stewed tomatoes averages seventy-nine cents. For not
much more of an investment, you can have rows of quart jars in your
pantry! Six tomato plants are also about seventy-nine cents. A
whole flat of plants, about 36 plants can be found for less than
$8! It only takes 2 large to 4 medium size tomatoes to fill one
quart jar. That will provide your family with several quarts of
tomatoes from each plant. Or, if you love onions or potatoes, they
don't even have to be canned just stored properly.
Financially speaking, gardening really MAKES you money. But
wait until you pluck a ripe cherry tomato from the vine and pop that
garden candy into your mouth! That alone the incredible freshness
and sweetness no produce stand can match will convince you.
Here are some gardening tips for first time vegetable gardeners.
1. Go easy. You don't have to provide all the vegetables for your
family the first year. Start with a few. The success of a few will
convince you to keep on with fruit from the garden.
2. Pick a few favorites. Don't buy out every kind of garden seeds
the first year. Go for a few favorites. Try pumpkins and zucchini,
or summer squash for some easy growers.
3. Maybe a salad garden! Lettuce is easy, as are onions, spinach,
a cucumber and a tomato plant. They can even be grown in a 1/2
whiskey barrel. Add a few pansies for color (you can eat them right
in your salad.
4. It will take a few years to get them started, so you might want
to put in a few fruit trees now, such as apples, peaches, or pears.
5. While there are still a few chilly nights, check out a few books
on vegetable gardening from the library, such as Lasagna Gardening
by Rodale Press, or Victory Garden, or Square Foot Gardening three
of my favorites.
6. With a little tender loving care, not much more than some
watering and feeding, you can be sautéing zucchini and onions, or
carving a few pumpkins.
7. Think small garden, and you won't have to invest in any large
equipment. One spade shovel will do. Pick an area that gets at
least six hour sun each day. Away from trees is best because trees
steal a lot of moisture from the soil. Remove the grass and weeds.
Mix up the dirt and add compost or peat moss and dig in well. Plant
at the appropriate times. Peas and onions and garlic can be planted
early. Tomatoes, pumpkins, and squash all need to be planted after
frost danger has passed.
8. The added bonus is all that good exercise! Think of the money
you will save on that gym membership.
Several years ago, our whole family was out planting our sweet
corn. The kids didn't really want to participate, but when the crop
came in the corn was just delicious! One morning I made corn
pancakes for breakfast (one of my favorites!) My youngest son was
not a fan. He came home from school that day, and I asked how his
day went. "Well, thanks to you, mom, I made a new friend!"
"How is that?" I asked.
"Well, when I told him we had corn pancakes for breakfast, I think
he felt sorry for me, and now he's my friend!"
So, you never know how a garden might come in handy!
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Do things to make your day precious. ~~ Bernie Siegel
Mix enough pancake mix for the number of people you will be
feeding. Stir in fresh-from-the garden-corn kernels 1/2 cup to 2
cups mix. Fry and serve with butter and syrup. If you can't wait
for garden corn, canned and drained corn will substitute. You can
also have a real feast by using apple slices, blueberries, bananas,
or your favorite fruit for a variety. I always love to serve
pancakes with applesauce.
Keeping it Simple,
Please send in your favorite spring recipes and garden hints and I
will share them with the group!
Have a great week!
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